Friday, March 25, 2011

DSP Free Film Screening of "Matewan" Fri. 3/25, 8PM at the Painted Lady Lounge in Hamtramck

Fri. March 25th
8:00PM (starting promptly)
DSP Free screening of John Sayles' 1987 historical drama, "Matewan."
(view trailer)
@ the Painted Lady Lounge
2930 Jacob St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212 (map)
No cover, 18+, 21+ with ID to drink.

Synopsis: "Mingo County, West Virginia, 1920. Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are up against company operators and gun thugs; Black and Italian miners, brought in by the company to break the strike, are caught between the two forces. Union activist and ex-Wobbly Joe Kenehan, sent to help organize the union, determines to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together. Drawn from an actual incident; the characters of Sid Hatfield, Cabell Testerman, C. E. Lively, and Few Clothes Johnson were based on real people." -Susan C. Mitchell (IMDB).

The screening will be followed by musical performances from local punk bands The Kalashnikovs (featuring DSP Chair Joe Stonchus on guitar/vocals) and Telecollision.

Detroit Socialist Party Nominates Matt Erard for Downtown Detroit Citizens' District Council

Detroit Socialist Party member and current SPMI State Secretary-Elect Matt Erard has officially qualified for the ballot in the upcoming April 5th, 2011 election for the city of Detroit's Downtown Citizens' District Council, following his receipt of the Detroit Socialist Party's nomination for that office at its February 2011 local membership meeting, and subsequent submission of the requisite number of valid signatures by the petition deadline earlier this month.

Since their initial establishment in the late 1960s, Detroit's citizens district councils have been charged with the task of representing the interests of poor and working class city residents within each district of the city where "urban renewal" development and rehabilitation projects are intended to be slated. As mandated under both state law and the Detroit City Charter, the Detroit City Council and Detroit Planning & Development Department are required to maintain continuous consultation with the applicable citizens' district council on all aspects of the planning process for each proposed development project prior to its approval, and to incorporate all citizens' district council recommendations to the maximum extent feasible. Likewise, Michigan state law further empowers each citizens district council with the ability to delay the implementation of any proposed project that it votes to disapprove, and to additionally call upon any city department for information it seeks to obtain on behalf of its district residents....

Each of Detroit's citizens' district councils is composed of twenty-four members, with six members annually elected to three year terms and the remaining six members appointed by Detroit's mayor. The Downtown Citizens District Council represents all residents living within Detroit's central business district, bounded by the Fischer Freeway to the north, the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) to the West, I-75 to the East, and the Detroit River to the south.

Although Matt Erard is running as the Socialist Party's nominated candidate in the April 5th Citizens' District Council election, neither he, nor any other candidates in the race, will have a party affiliation listed with their names on the election ballot itself.

The official website for Matt Erard's 2011 Downtown Detroit Citizens' District Council campaign can be found at:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rally Against Education & Public Service Cuts on March 2nd and 3rd in Detroit!

Join members of the Detroit Socialist Party on March 2nd and 3rd in rallying to defend public education, collective bargaining rights, jobs, and public services against the drastic proposed funding cuts and austerity measures currently looming in Metro Detroit and around the nation.


12PM - RALLY at Gullen Mall on Wayne State's main campus, near the Student Center (map)
towards downtown
4:30PM - RALLY at the City/County building in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue (map)

Endorsed by: the Detroit Socialist Party; AFSCME Locals 25, 101, 207, 214, 312, 409, 1642, & 1659; the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN); and Defend Public Education / Save Our Students (Detroit Federation of Teachers caucus).

at Gullen Mall on WSU's main campus (map)
near the Undergraduate Library

Education is not a budget item to be cut or removed. Education is not a business. Education is a right. You cannot repossess education. We will not spend a life in debt for four years in college. We will not pay more for jobs that pay less. We will not sit down while our tuition goes up. EDUCATION IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE!

Endorsed by: the Detroit Socialist Party; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI); Progressive Librarians Guild-WSU; and Union of Part-Time Faculty-WSU.